Cup trip pleases Albion boss MIller

Billy Miller.
Billy Miller.

TADCASTER ALBION boss Billy Miller has welcomed an early-season trip to the North East after seeing his side drawn against Hebburn Town in the FA Cup.

The Brewers find themselves up against their Northern League hosts on August 15 in the competition’s extra preliminary round.

The pair last met in September 2008, when Brad Dowling scored a 93rd-minute winner for Taddy to put them into the FA Vase third qualifying round with a 2-1 win.

Hebburn finished fifth in the Ebac Northern League Division Two last year, but finished the season without a win in six matches.

They will face Taddy without stalwart defender Ally Downey after the defender was told to miss the first half of the season on medical advice.

The winner of the tie will face either North West Counties sides Barnoldswick Town or Colne.

“In Cup competitions, you always hope for home draws, but we haven’t got that,” said Miller.

“We know that the league they play in is highly competitive and we certainly won’t be underestimating them heading up there.

“It comes nice and early in the season and, hopefully, we’ll have a settled squad by that stage. At the end of the day, you have to enjoy being involved in the FA Cup.

“It’s totally unique and is the only competition in the world that gives clubs like us a chance to get a big draw against a big club.

“The main priority is the league, yes, but the FA Cup is something to be enjoyed and we’ll certainly do that

“But we’ll be taking the Cup seriously. The further we can go in a competition like this, the better it is for the club in terms of raising its profile and bringing in additional finance.”

Hebburn will have to get used to playing against North Yorkshire opposition after also being put against Knaresborough Town in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

The Manse Lane outfit will travel up the A1 to face Hebburn on September on September 5.

News of the FA Cup draw for Tadcaster comes at the same time as a boost for Miller after ensuring that coach Mike Morton and assistant coach Simon Collins will remain at the club.

“It’s great that Mike and Si have committed to another season with the first team,” added Miller.

“We sat down and talked about the philosphy and vision we had for the club and it didn’t take long to sort out.

“They will bring continuity to the club which is important and helps with me having recently come into the club.”